The BEST Lemon Cupcakes with Lemon Cream Cheese Frosting



Ingredients 

Cupcakes: 

  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour 
  • 1/2 cup cornstarch 
  • 2 cups sugar 
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder 
  • 1 teaspoon salt 
  • 1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, at room temperature 
  • 1 cup sour cream 
  • 2 tablespoons milk 
  • 2 tablespoons freshly-squeezed lemon juice 
  • 4 eggs 
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract 
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest 

Simple Syrups: 

  • 1/2 cup water 
  • 1/2 cup sugar 
  • 2 small lemons, thinly sliced 
  • 1/4 cup freshly-squeezed lemon juice 

Frosting: 

  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) salted butter, softened
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened 
  • 3 1/2 to 4 cups powdered sugar (equivalent to about one 16-ounce box) 
  • 2 tablespoons freshly-squeezed lemon juice 
  • 2 teaspoons lemon zest 
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

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